What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a very real problem to over 40,000 New Hampshire families every year. 50% to 60% of all married couples experience violence at least once in their relationship.
It can take several forms.
Physical abuse includes slapping, pushing, pulling hair, grabbing, holding you down, kicking, choking, and using weapons.
Verbal or emotional abuse is the use of the words to break a person's spirit. Self-esteem is torn down. Name calling, isolation, threats of physical abuse, humiliation, destruction of personal property, and abuse of pets are examples.
Sexual abuse can include marital rape, incest, forcing unwanted sexual acts, and/or any physical abuse directed at sexual parts of the body.
Domestic abuse is a crime. The person committing the abuse is responsible for their own behavior. It is not the victim's fault. Most people do not want their relationship to end; they want the abuse to stop. Abuse victims are often afraid to seek help. However, without intervention, the level of abuse will often increase and become more dangerous.
Does the person you love...
- Threaten to hurt you and /or your children?
- Criticize you for little things?
- Humiliate you in front of others, insult you, or call you names?
- Use or threaten to use a weapon against you?
- Control all your finances and force you to account in detail what you spend?
- Prevent you from working or attending school?
- Discourage your relationship with family and friends?
- "Track" all your time?
- Break property or threaten to break property?
If you find yourself answering "yes" to these questions, RESPONSE can help you!!
- 24 hour crisis line intervention
- 24 hour hospital accompaniment
- 24 hour police accompaniment
- Court support services
- Women's education and a support group
- Men's education group
- Emergency transportation
- Information and referrals
- Community education
- Parenting classes
- Medical advocacy
Remember: everyone deserves to live a violence free life, everyone!
For Information call:
RESPONSE Hot Line: 1-866-662-4220
All of RESPONSE's services are free and confidential.
Services are provided regardless of gender, age, health status (including HIV-Positive), physical, mental or emotional disability, sexual orientation, sexual preference, sexual identity, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, religious, political affiliation.